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The "Cognitive Rights Watch" Initiative

Rudolf Steiner's told us his purpose for writing The Philosophy Of Freedom. It is a science of freedom intended "to lay the foundations of ethical individualism and of a social and political life." How to accomplish this? As the result of internet censorship the public is questioning what are their rights to access knowledge. This brings up the subject of cognitive rights. Each of 14 chapters in The Philosophy Of Freedom discusses a cognitive process, how to attain freedom of cognition and barriers to that freedom. It is a science of freedom that can form the basis of cognitive rights. In this way the whole of the book can be presented as a solution to a serious problem of today. It is a need that only TPOF can fill properly. It is also something that could be done by only a few dedicated people who could start a cognitive rights initiative.

Take for example the ACLU and ADL. The ACLU works to inform and protect human rights. The Anti-Defamation League first defines "anti-semitism" and then works to inform and protect them from it. This is a way to inform people about the science of freedom and bases human rights,  not on inalienable rights from God or a list of things people don't like,  but on science.



Why Cognitive Rights?
The individual is empowered by truth.

(free thinking)


(free acting)

1. Freedom Of Knowing Why You Act
Problem: planting unconscious compulsions to act
Solution: become conscious of the motives of action


14. Freedom Of Individuality
opposition: conformity and group identity

2. Freedom To Pursue Knowledge
Problem: holding one-sided views
Solution: learn other views and find common ground

Access to Knowledge (A2K) movement


13. Freedom To Pursue Happiness
opposition: duty

3. Freedom Of Thinking
Problem: think in the way determined by the thoughts implanted in your mind
Solution: observation of thought, pure thinking


12. Freedom Of Imaginative Morality
opposition: traditional moral doctrines, moral norms

This is the right of creative situational ethics.

4. Freedom Of Perception
Problem: perception bias
Solution: recognize projection of implanted thought into perception


11. Freedom Of Purpose
opposition: mission and purpose imposed by nature, world purpose or others

5. Freedom Of Critical Thinking


10. Freedom Of Morality
Free to obey my own ethical principles. 
opposition: outside moral authority

6. Freedom Of Individual Ideas


9. Freedom Of Action
Free to act according to my own idea.

7. Freedom To Cognize (know) Reality


8. Freedom To Cognize (know) Your Self
opposition: group identity, uncognized feeling and willing

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  •  I thought I would award thought police badges as a way to get attention about mind control. I will examine the mind control methods and suggest what to do about it.

  • Here is a quote of others implanting ideas in us that relates to cognitive rights.

    "To be free means to be able to determine by moral imagination out of oneself, those ideas (motives) which lie at the basis of action. Freedom is impossible if anything other than I myself (whether a mechanical process or God) determines my moral ideas. In other words, I am free only when I myself produce these ideas, but not when I am merely able to realize the ideas which another being has implanted in me." TPOF 12.11

  • We have an organization Human Rights Watch, we could use a Cognitive Rights Watch initiative. By identify those who are violating our cognitive rights to free thinking by implanting cognitive bias can be used as an example of how mind control is used and how to improve your cognitive abilities to overcome it. The area of activism needs to be defined. Here in TPOF the concern is thought police who censor "impure" thoughts that are not authorized. This is what online censorship is doing right now.  

    External powers may prevent me from doing what I will, but that is only to condemn me to do nothing. Not until they enslave my spirit, drive my motives out of my head, and put their own motives in the place of mine, do they really aim at making me unfree. That is the reason why the church attacks not only the mere doing, but especially the impure thoughts, i.e., motives of my action. And for the church all those motives are impure which she has not herself authorized. A church does not produce genuine slaves until her priests turn themselves into advisers of consciences, i.e., until the faithful depend upon the church, i.e., upon the confessional, for the motives of their actions. TPOF 12.12

  • Advertises, political parties, government, etc. understand the cognitive processes and use this knowledge to manipulate cognition as a way to control people. Everybody just accepts this. Why should we accept the manipulation of behavior and perception by people using abusive, deceptive, and underhanded tactics? Shouldn't human rights be expanded to include abusive cognitive manipulation? The root of human freedom is cognitive freedom. Human freedom is impossible if your mind is controlled by others. Does the book 1984 come true or should we have the protection of cognitive rights?
     We all can develop cognitive freedom on our own. This is a long process that should be supported by society, not hindered.

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